Triumph On Home Turf

Triumph On Home Turf

AT TOP LEFT, RC’s Owen Hall runs along the course at Natural Bridge State Park last Wednesday.

Triumph On Home Turf

ABOVE, RC’s Dreamer Coleman runs the course while her assistant coach, Peter Jetton, takes her photo. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

Triumph On Home Turf

RC’S JOHN Ryan Sedovy leads teammate Pierson Hull along the course while their head coach, Julie Tisone, cheers them on. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Triumph On Home Turf

AT TOP RIGHT, Leading a group of runners on the trail are Wildcats Howie Youngdahl (front) and Jackson West
(629).

Triumph On Home Turf
Triumph On Home Turf

ABOVE, Wildcat Karalyn Timmes, who won the race, and a Waynesboro runner lead a pack of harriers early on. AT NEAR RIGHT, Megan Timmes, the Wildcats’ second finisher, paces herself.

Triumph On Home Turf

AT CENTER RIGHT, Keeping pace with a Turner Ashby runner are RC’s Aili Waller (center) and Grace Rollins (right).

Triumph On Home Turf

AT FAR RIGHT, Volunteer Angie Fafatas removes a tag from RC’s Jack Wasser for the results. RC athletic director Rick Lollis (blue shirt in back) also helped at the meet. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

RC Girls Victorious In First Meet At Natural Bridge State Park

Rockbridge County High School senior Karalyn Timmes won the girls cross country race to lead the Wildcats to victory over Valley District rivals Turner Ashby and Waynesboro last Wednesday evening at Natural Bridge State Park. The RC boys placed second of three teams.

In their only home meet of the season on their hilly and wooded new 5-kilometer course in front of lots of cheering fans, the Lady Wildcats placed five runners in the top nine to score 21 points. TA placed second with 40 points, and Waynesboro (59) finished third.

Waynesboro won the boys’ race with 19 points, placing seven runners in the top 10. RC finished second with 42 points, and TA (79) came in third.

Previously, the Wildcats’ home course was at the Virginia Horse Center.

“It went really well,” said RC head coach Julie Tisone. “They followed their race plans that we had for them.”

In the girls’ race, Timmes passed two runners in the final mile to finish in 22:12.52, winning by nearly 13 seconds over TA’s Rachel Craun. This was Timmes’s second consecutive win after earning a victory at Waynesboro a week earlier.

Timmes said that after she and Craun passed third-place finisher Emily Reese (22:40.7), they gave it everything they had in the final half-mile.

“It felt really good to win at home,” Timmes said. “I was glad as a senior on the course for the first time to have a good win.”

RC’s second finisher was Timmes’s younger sister Megan, a freshman who placed fourth of 25 harriers in 23:18.04. Teammate Elizabeth McClung followed in fifth in 23:25.31. There was lots of passing in the later stages of the race.

Wildcats following Mc-Clung were Grace Rollins (eighth, 24:56.87), Aili Waller (ninth, 25:00.22), Liesel Nelson (12th, 26:03.84) and Ellie Mastin (15th, 26:28.7).

Comfortably capturing the individual victory in the boys’ race was Waynesboro’s Sam Sikora in 17:06.84. Senior Josh Wawrzyniak led the Wildcats, placing second of 45 harriers in 18:08.28.

Wawrzyniak said he “felt pretty good” about his race. “I took it pretty easy on the first half, and I knew the second half would be all downhill.”

Enjoying his experience on the new home course, Wawrzyniak said, “It was definitely the most beautiful course I’ve ever seen, especially at the top. The mountain views are awesome.”

Other Wildcats in the top 10 were John Ryan Sedovy (seventh, 19:51.94) and Pierson Hull (eighth, 19:54.86). Wildcats following Hull were Owen Hall (11th, 20:44.53), Kyle Kendall (15th, 21:18.85), Adam Saacke (16th, 21:29.44) and Howie Youngdahl (18th, 21:52.12).

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